Planning A Christmas Gift Bonanza
Posted on September 17 2018
Planning A Christmas Gifting Bonanza
Autumn is knocking at the door, the nights are drawing in and for many of us the central heating has made an unwelcome appearance in our homes to 'give the radiators a warm through'. The jumpers and jackets have been dug out of the wardrobe in preparation and the short shorts, vests and sandals have been put back in to replace them.
Like it or not, the Christmas season is just around the corner and the best way to get ahead of the game is to start planning early - so we're going to give you some handy tips on how to plan out a gifting bonanza to blow away your friends and family, without the stresses of last-minute shopping and delivery time nightmares.
A common gripe from the Scrooge's amongst us is that Christmas starts earlier every year and to a certain extend this is true - the creeping vines of holly and fake snow have already started to encroach upon the card shops and some Christmas sections are appearing already, so now is the time to lay the groundwork for your gifts.
If you haven't started asking around for ideas, do so right away. Once you have some idea, start looking at prices and comparing whether it's best to go online or in store. Get a rough idea of how much Christmas is going to cost you from a gift perspective to help you plan your finances.
Getting your gifts in early has many benefits, one of which is allowing you to spread the cost of Christmas over several months so you don't have to bankrupt yourself in November and December, meaning you have much more control of your finances and leaves you stress-free in the hectic run up.
Another benefit is that you can often get the best deals before the festive sales go on, which are often subject to inflated prices which are then cut to make the sale price. Buying gifts early means you don't run the risk of items being out of stock either which is always nice.
Getting your purchases in early is especially important for bespoke or personalised gifts which usually have a longer lead time than items bought off the shelf, such as our personalised photo charms. Buying these with plenty of time to spare also means you have some breathing space should something go wrong or if there are problems with delivery or other delays.
We've all done the last-minute wrap, usually occurring on or just before Christmas Eve, where we've had the gifts bought and in the spare room/wardrobe/attic for weeks but not actually got around to wrapping them. These hasty wrapping sessions are stressful and don't lead to your best work in the presentation department.
Wrap the gifts early to avoid this. Not necessarily as soon as you have them, but before the last-minute rush. Wrapping with plenty of time to spare allows you to wrap more elegantly and with more panache than wrapping on Christmas Eve after drinking a bottle of wine does, meaning you can enjoy the run up to Christmas safe in the knowledge you're wrapped and ready.
Bag It Up
If you have a large family, lots of friends or are particularly generous, then you may find that at some point your house in awash with gifts that are in every room in various states of wrapping. Needless to say, keeping track of what you've got who and where it is can be incredibly stressful, so get organised with it.
Even if you don't wrap them, keep all your presents in allocated gift bags in one room so you know who you've got what - you could go a step further and stick a post-it note on each bag just to make absolutely clear who's bag it is.
If you do all of these things then you will be well ahead in your Christmas planning and be able to actually enjoy the festive season without worrying about finances and logistics of wrapping, but an extra tip is to keep a list of what you've got for everyone on your phone or notebook to keep as a frame of reference.
It's very easy to keep accumulating presents over November and December, especially if you see offers online or in store, but by keeping a list of what you've got you can remind yourself not to go overboard and undo all your hard planning work!